North West Hampshire MP nominated for top business award
18 Mar 2008
Sir George Young, the Conservative Member of Parliament for North West Hampshire, has been nominated for the Forum of Private Business’s (FPB’s) 2008 Business-friendly MP/MEP award.

The accolade – now in its third year – is sponsored by England’s Regional Development Agencies. It recognises the work of politicians who have excelled in understanding, supporting and representing the needs of smaller businesses.

"While we are only too ready to take politicians to task when they fail to support the entrepreneurs who contribute so much to their constituencies, it is only fair that we reward the ones who do," said the FPB's Chief Executive, Phil Orford. "That is why we launched the award in the first place, and why it continues to be important."

Alwyn Brenchley, who runs Clifford House, a care home in Andover, Hampshire, said Sir George’s personal touch set him apart from other MPs.

“Sir George is very involved in all aspects of community life. He gives endless time and support, and has his finger on the pulse of varied needs in the community. His knowledge and support for local businesses surpasses any other MP I have known,” said Mrs Brenchley. ”He is always approachable, friendly and answers any enquiries with amazing speed, usually with acceptable answers and solutions. He has personally contacted me to discuss my own business regarding our difficulties and spoken knowledgably in Parliament using personal business responses. I am impressed – and thankful – that he is our man!”

She added that Sir George had helped small businesses in North West Hampshire with the burden of red tape, particularly health and safety regulations. He has also supported his constituents over the loss of local authority services, with planning and property issues, and on environmental matters.

In addition to supporting small firms in his constituency, Sir George chairs the Commons Standards and Privileges Select Committee.

“Small businesses are vital to the economy of North West Hampshire – both in its major town of Andover, but also in the thriving smaller communities such as Whitchurch, Tadley and Overton,” he said. “I try to visit as many as I can, and take up the challenges that confront them, from planning to VAT to employment legislation. Their message to me is: leave us alone so we can get on with running our businesses and looking after our customers.”

The award ceremony will take place in the House of Commons on the evening of Wednesday, 14 May. Owner-managers of smaller businesses who wish to nominate an MP or MEP should call 0845 130 1722 to request a voting form, or visit the FPB's website at The closing date for nominations is Friday, 25 April.


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